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Tips + Advice {A Lesson in Layering}

The Dauphine Press design aesthetic has always been partially about layering. We love creating rich and eye-catching designs; ones that layer textures, color and pattern. We often have couples approach us, wanting to create a wedding invitation suite full of layered patterns and colors, so today we want to share some of our tips for designing a truly stunning invitation!

We’re sharing some of our most popular designs that incorporate different levels of layering. Along the way, we will share our Tips + Advice for making these looks work.

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We’re starting off with our Marinwood trifold save the date card. This card is on the petite side, but holds so much design on just these three small panels. The trick to making this look work is the combination of a decorative floral for one panel and a bold graphic for the second panel. Keeping each pattern in just one color, then sprinkling those same two colors over the rest of the design, are what makes this piece of wedding stationery one of our most popular!

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Keeping one color reserved for each design element is a trick that also works on our Princeton wedding invitation. This beauty combines two layers of foil. The pearl foil is used for the ornate background pattern and we’ve used just a single color, silver foil, for the monogram and invitation wording. Princeton is also the perfect display of creating texture with pattern. With the more subtle color in the background, the texture created from the foil really makes this card stand out.

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Our Roseberry invitation suite has been customized in numerous ways and it is always gorgeous! Our advice here is to select your three favorite colors from your wedding palette and only choose two of those colors per printed card. Then, dress each piece up with a third layer of color that isn’t printed – like the Pool Blue backer on the invitation, the Persimmon envelope used for the response card and the Mustard yellow invitation envelope. Spreading the color evenly throughout your entire suite is the best way to create balance!

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You may be seeing a trend here, keeping your bolder elements and patterns to a single color print run. Our Camille wedding invitation suite uses the same decorative pattern, but in different colors and is displayed in different ways on each card to keep it interesting to the eye. This suite also layers the quatrefoil design element – framing the copy of the main invitation, the diecut shape of the favor tag, the smaller frame on the response card and the repeated quatrefoil pattern on the envelope liner.

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We leave you today with our Larkspur wedding invitation suite. This invitation displays patterns of varying sizes, which is a good tip for pairing patterns. From a little distance, a fine pattern makes a soft statement, like the one on the Larkspur schedule of events card. In this suite, the ornate, detailed pattern is saved for the main invitation card – which in this case incorporates gold foil and two colors of letterpress ink! Treating the foil like a neutral and using it in the same way on each card (for the delicate frame that divides the pattern from the wording on each piece) keeps things balanced.

We hope you’re inspired to layer patterns and color on your wedding invitation suite. If you have any questions or if you’re ready to start designing, just contact us or your local retailer.

Client Customization – Elegant Letterpress + Foil Holiday Card

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” This letterpress and foil holiday is the epitome of this iconic line. Our retailer, The Stovall Collection, worked with this family to create a unique holiday card that features elegant letterpress, an overall festive feel and a space for their annual family photo.

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This custom holiday card features an all-over pattern of leaping reindeer (featuring Rudolf!) in our subtle varnish ink, like footsteps in the snow, layered under the holiday greeting printed in crimson red foil. The whimsical font chosen for the quote and the family name gives the card a festive feel. All will be complete when the family adds their adorable family photograph within the simple foil frame.

How are you greeting friends and family this holiday season? Contact us or one of our exclusive retailers to help you create a design worthy of your family’s annual holiday mailing.

Client Customization – Foil Stamped Timeline Save the Date

Most of us mark our lives with milestone moments and your wedding day is usually a pretty big point on your life and relationship timeline. Today’s Client Customization illustrates key moments on this couple’s timeline. Using vintage motifs printed in gold foil, this custom timeline tells a story and ultimately invites close friends and family to quite a celebration – 50 years of marriage! And yes, the gold foil was a must for this Golden Anniversary save the date!

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We love to think of visual ways to tell a story. A timeline like this, or a special floral or pattern are all things we can incorporate into your wedding stationery design. This save the date was designed with the visual timeline save the date, telling the story of this sweet couple. And, the invitation, featuring a traditional feel, features a balance of script and all-caps serif font. The finishing detail is the gold edge painting to highlight the luxuriously thick card.

We can’t wait to hear the details that define your story. Contact us or visit one of our exclusive retailers to start the design of your wedding stationery.

Foil Stamped 40th Birthday Invitation

We are back today to share details and images of the invitation you caught a peek of on Bravo’s My Fab 40th. This very special event required a stand-out invitation. For the main invitation card, the centerpiece of any suite, Rose Gold foil was selected to highlight the striking type treatment featuring an Art Deco font in various sizes along with horizontal lines to show off the foil and highlight the wording of the invitation.

With the Rose Gold foil stamping on the Savoy Brilliant White letterpress stock for the front, a shimmery pale Coral card stock was selected for the back of the card. The two colors duplexed together made for a luxe card with a thick, board-like feel when held in your hand. The shimmery Coral on the back of the card was the backdrop for a custom all-over pattern. This new pattern {Pattern-156 in our Design Library} was printed in Black and Rose Gold foil to emphasize the thick and thin lines and add contrast to this dynamic pattern.

To top it all off, the invitation was edge painted in solid black to frame each side. The invitation was mailed in a black envelope with a shimmery Coral envelope liner and more of the striking type treatment from the invitation printed on the return address in more Rose Gold foil.

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We do have a limited number of samples available. To see a sample of this invitation in person, just contact one of our retailers and request a copy. Retailers, that goes for you too! If you would like a copy, just send us a quick email or give us a call.

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Client Customization – Magical Wedding Rehearsal Invitation

We love the concept and overall feel the combination of design elements evokes on this invitation. What better way to have guests anticipating a “magical night under the stars” than with gold foil stamped stars, a blind letterpress impression of a tropical palm tree, gold edge painting and a fanciful script!

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This invitation is a perfect example of a couple making the most of every piece of stationery in their wedding suite. If your heart is set on a traditional wedding invitation, but you’re feeling the pull to do something unique, why not have fun with your rehearsal dinner or Sunday brunch invitation? We’re here to help you define every piece of stationery for your wedding. Visit your local stationer and Dauphine Press retailer to get their expert advice on finding your design style!

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